18 – From out of Retina into the Brain: Imaging the World Dr Henry Lew – 1 session from 10.00 to 12.00 on Monday 7 October
This talk is based on the author’s book Imaging the World 2018, which uses the artwork of such famous artists as Frans Hals, John Constable, Edouard Monet, Camille Pissarro, Alfred Sisley, Berthe Morisot, Alfred Munnings, Roderic O’Connor and Chick Close, to mention a few, in order to arrive at its specific aim-which is to revolutionize the manner in which ordinary people will forever more think about and perceive their own vision. The ideas expressed throughout this course arise from two interwoven passions which have dominated the author’s mind for more than 40 years - a continuous search to acquire more knowledge with respect to ophthalmic medical practice and human vision - and an ophthalmic derived methodology, which the author independently personally developed, whilst examining and sometimes acquiring discarded, unwanted paintings. The course explains how to amalgamate a knowledge of art history and artistic techniques with an appreciation of the neurophysiological engineering of human vision: and how this application, when specifically applied to the examination of painting, may aid in the identification of possible sleepers, which are unrecognized paintings by significant artists, which have escaped the attentive eyes of such renowned, professional experts as art academics, curators, dealers and auction house specialists. As such the presentation inadvertently evolves into a series of fascinating detective stories, which people, who have enjoyed the BBC’s television series Fake or Fortune should find similarly interesting and immersing! Along this same path we stumble into a fascinating scientific explanation as to why the French Impressionism movement occurred when and where it did.
22 - What happens in a pathology laboratory to specimens to understand health and disease Dr Peter Ward – one session from 12.00 to 1.45 on Monday 18 November
Pathology laboratories are set up to understand and improve health and disease. This talk outlines how the laboratories function, the process of quality assurance and responses to critical values of test results and the main disciplines: Anatomical Pathology, Biochemistry, Haematology, and Microbiology. Automation in both processes and delta checking are improving reliability and accuracy. Accreditation bodies and Quality Assurance systems play a major role in ensuring optimisation of laboratory performance. Examples will be discussed of the process and outcomes of selected critical tests focussing on Microbiology.
36 – Coffee Forum - Disease, medicine in Shakespeare’s plays Prof Louis Roller – 1 session from 12.00 to 1.30 on Tuesday 10 September
Shakespeare lived in an era of much disease. This is reflected pretty much in all of his works, particularly his plays. This session will be a romp through the various diseases and treatments in Elizabethan times. There will be afternoon tea in the foyer after the talk.
65 - Venous disease Dr Claire Campbell – 1 session from 2.00 to 3.30 on Thursday 8 August
A presentation by a vascular surgeon with a particular interest in the diagnosis and modern management of venous disease. The sessions will overview current treatments for venous disease and new research about health, well-being and nutrition and the management of risk factors for chronic disease.